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‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’ Canadian Premier

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‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’ will have its Canadian Premier on the 9th March. It  will have a Gala Screening on the opening night of the  Toronto Irish Film Festival.  The evening has been  sponsored by Bord Failte – the Irish Tourist Board. The film is then going on to Boston on the 22nd March and will also feature as the main event for the John Wayne Festival in Iowa on May 26th.

‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’ is directed by Sé Merry Doyle and features interviews with Maureen O’Hara, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovicz, Jim Sheridan and John Ford’s relations the Feeney’s from Conemara. The narration is by Gabriel Byrne and there is a beautiful music score by Ger Kiely and Paddy Moloney from the Chieftains.



Turin Film Festival honors Jimmy Murakami

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Starting on the 15th December the wonderful Sottodiciotto Film Festival  in Turin is honouring the career of the Oscar nominated Japanese American Animator, Jimmy Murakami, with a dedicated retrospective of his life’s work.  Also showing is Sé Merry Doyle’s  documentary “Jimmy Murakami – Non Alien” which tells the story of Jimmy’s incarceration alongside 40,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps after Japan attacked Pearl  Harbor . Jimmy is in very exalted company as Turin are also having retrospectives on Alan Parker “The Comittments”, Jaco Von Dormael, “Toto the Hero”, Marco Risi, “Maradona, the Hand of God“, Delphine Gleize “Carnage”, and Andrea Segre, “The Green Blod”. Among the films to be screened from Jimmy’s amazing catalogue are his evergreen “Snowman”, his apocalyptic nuclear war film ‘”When the Wind Blows”, Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” plus his groundbreaking experimental works: “Breath”, “The Magic Pear Tree”, and “The Good Friend”.  Jimmy who has been based in Ireland for the last forty years is delighted that Turin is honouring him with such a vast retrospective. Is it not time that Ireland followed suit as most filmmakers here would acknowledge Jimmy’s contribution in kick-starting the Irish Film Industry?

Dreaming the Quiet Man showing in John Ford’s home state. We are proud.

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Dreaming the Quiet Man has a very special screening in the home state of John Ford when it shows at the  Maine Film Festival on Saturday 23rd July. Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed screenwriter Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York) will introduce the film. Some of John Ford’s relatives will attend.

Maine will be Ford’s Innisfree for one night.


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Ireland’s most controversial sculptor gets special screening on TG4

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John Henry Foley – Sculptor of the Empire gets a special screening on TG4 31st July 23:15. Here is a wonderful clip showing how Foley created the Daniel O’Connell Monument in Dublin in 1866 but went on to feel the wrath of Republicans went he took on the commission to sculpt Prince Albert in London as a special favor to Queen Victoria.


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